Wednesday Herald
February 27, 2019
Principal's Message
We are now into our testing window for CoGat and IOWA Assessments for students in grades 1-7. CoGat testing for grades 2-7 will be administered Thursday, February 28- Friday, March 1. IOWA Assessments will be administered the following week, March 4-8. Please speak with your child(ren) about the importance of this testing, and also avoid using these dates for family trips, appointments, or other occasions that would prevent your child from attending school.

The CoGat and IOWA Assessments publishing company updated the national norms and testing materials for this school year, which will be used for the next several years. In doing so, they are allowing schools to test students online instead of the traditional format using scanning sheets. As a result, grades 4-7 will be online. Today, we worked with all students in grades 4-7 on a tutorial that showed them exactly how to take the assessment. This online tutorial replicates a testing session which students will experience during the assessments. It showed sample problems, how to correctly mark the answer, and how to navigate to screen features. Additionally, students in these grades levels should be accustomed to online testing, as they have now gone through two cycles of MAP testing. Changing to the online assessments will place GA students in a comfortable and knowledgeable position as all schools will be moving in this direction through the newly normed assessments. Please click here for a reference sheet which will show some of the features of the students’ screens.



God Bless,
Corey
School News
Families Asked to Re-Enroll This Week for 19-20 School Year
We opened enrollment to all families, new and current, at our Open House on Sunday, January 27. Thank you to all the families who took advantage of our early re-enrollment period for current families. Over half our families have re-enrolled for next school year! In reviewing enrollment numbers for next school year, we are asking all current families to re-enroll by March 1 . After this deadline, we cannot guarantee a spot for your child for the 2019-2020 school year. Many prospective families have contacted us through the Open House, tours, and other inquiries and are eager to attend Guardian Angels next school year. Also, by re-enrolling by this deadline, we will be best able to adequately and appropriately staff our grade levels for next year. It is very important to us that we have all re-enrollment completed by March 1 so that administrative decisions can be made early.
 
If you have not re-enrolled your children for the 19-20 school year, please remember this is a two-step re-enrollment process.
  • First, you will complete an electronic form through Administrator’s Plus Online Forms that can be accessed from the email you received last month. This step must be completed for each child you are enrolling.
  • Second, you must also complete a payment which includes registration and technology fees. The payment for these combined fees will be collected through the WeShare payment site.
The email you received January 18th from Bob Buck included instructions and links to the Administrator’s Plus Online Forms and the WeShare payment site. Both re-enrollment steps must be completed for full registration into next school year. 
 
Our preschool classes for next school year are already very close to being full! There is very limited availability in all programs. If you have not already re-enrolled, or know of someone planning to enroll, please do so now!
The preschool process is separate from the KDG-8 th  grade process. If you are re-enrolling in preschool and KDG-8, you will need to fill out online re-enrollment forms for all of your returning students using Administrator’s Plus Online Forms and then make two payments at the WeShare payment site: one for your re-enrolling student(s) in preschool and one for your re-enrolling student(s) in KDG-8 th  grade. Also, if you are a current family registering a new student in any grade level, a new student registration packet can be found through the school website or in the school office.
From the Nurse's Office
As you may be aware, we have had a lot of illness in our student population these past few weeks. It can be very difficult to decide when to keep children home from school, and when to have them return following an illness. We have noticed a fair number of students returning to school for a day, and either having to leave school that day, or then being sick again the following day.
In order to help, here are the guidelines from the CDC : "Those who get flu-like symptoms at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who have emergency warning signs should get immediate medical care."
For those of you not affected, this is the CDC resource for avoiding the flu .

We appreciate your help in keeping everyone well this time of year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
Elizabeth Pyles, RN 
624.2191
Swinging Their Way Into Fame!

Reagan Lisch, 7th grade drummer, and Christian Burt, 7th grade alto sax player, recently performed at Princeton High School with the OMEA D14 Honor Jazz Band. Out of all the 7th and 8th grade jazz musicians in both Hamilton and Clermont Counties, these young gentlemen achieved First Chair in their respective areas. Congratulations!
Jon Peterson/OptimAll Parent Meeting
On Thursday, March 7 , at 6:00pm in the school library, we will host an informational meeting for any interested parent to find out more information concerning the Jon Peterson program and/or OptimAll program. Directors and staff members from OptimAll will be present at this meeting. Please RSVP by emailing Corey Stoops .
Parent & Student Meeting - Human Sexuality
The Guardian Angels School Council has worked over the past year to research and develop a program that focuses on teaching students and parents about human sexuality and how bodies change during adolescent years. As a result of this work, we are excited to be able to offer a program, using the LoveEd resources, for both students and parents. Guardian Angels will host a parent meeting on March 13 at 6:00pm followed by gender-based presentations to students in grades 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 . Please use this link to register for the parent event.
Last Bagel Sale is This Friday
Goodbyes are always tough and this one's no different....It's the FINAL bagel sale of the school year so let's make it the best one! Please bring your angel to school a few minutes early on Friday, March 1st for breakfast with friends. As always, the menu includes: bagels (with or without cream cheese), granola bars, and juice boxes. The sale will run from 7:25-7:55am in the main entrance hallway and each item only costs $1. All proceeds go toward the 8th Grade graduation activities. Thank you so much for your support!
Lost and Found
Have you noticed your child has somehow misplaced his/her winter coat, a glove, hat or lunchbox? We are overflowing with items that have not found their way home. Come check in the lost and found (located next to the Nurse's Office) and see if you can find that missing item. We go through and try to return all items with names on them, so you may want to take this opportunity to put your family name in everything that comes to school with your child. 
After School Enrichment Opportunities
Lucky Spring!    Gr. K-8  
Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20, 27 2:45-4:00pm
$50 includes all supplies and snack   
Each student will create a whimsical wall hanging, lucky charm clay frame with self-portrait, and hummingbird collage. Depending on grade & desire of participants, each project will have different choices & level of difficulty.         

April Fools!  Gr. K-8        
Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 30 2:45-4:00pm
$50 includes all supplies and snack   
These projects are unbelievable! We're each creating a book of animal handprints, a paper mache ice cream cone, and a clay taco. Depending on grade & desire of participants, each project will have different choices & level of difficulty. 

May Magic!  Gr. K-8        
Wednesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22 2:45-4:00pm
50 includes all supplies and snack               
End the school year by making your own painted paper kite collage, some clay bugs, and a unique tissue paper flower bowl. Depending on grade & desire of participants, each project will have different choices & level of difficulty.

A flyer for the art enrichment opportunities is attached with more information on the sessions available; you sign-up now online .

Better Babysitters Grades: 5-8
Tuesdays March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 2:45 - 5:15pm
Would your child know what to do if the child they were babysitting were choking? Does your child babysit their younger siblings? Your child will learn the skills needed to be a Better Baby Sitter! Students will learn: first aid & safety; infant & child CPR with mannequin instruction; care of the choking child and infant; how to handle emergencies; creative problem solving; job professionalism and how to create a marketing flyer; hands on practice with diapering, bottle feeding and infant care; and creative age appropriate activities. 

Life Skillz 101 Grades: 3-6
Mondays April 8 & 15 from 2:45 - 4:45pm
Through interactive role play and fun hands-on activities, students will learn the meaning of manners and respectful behavior. Topics include table manners at home, at a nice restaurant, and at a family gathering. We will also explore manners in public places. We will help them understand personal space, and how to respect people who have disabilities. Other topics will also include manners when hosting or attending a party, playdate or sleepover, and how to write a thank you note! Your kids will come home excited to set the table!

A flyer for Better Babysitters and Life Skillz is attached . Both are provided by Enriching Kidz, registration is available on their website .
PTA News
PTA Spring Family Event at FC Cincinnati Soccer Game
Join your Guardian Angels classmates and friends for an afternoon of fun at the FC Cincinnati game on Sunday, April 7th . FC Cincinnati will be playing Sporting Kansas City at 3:00pm at Nippert Stadium. Tickets are $17 per person; see order form for more details. Ticket orders are due March 8th
Boosters News
GA Boosters Offers Scholarship to 8th Graders for High School
Beginning this spring, the Guardian Angels Athletic Boosters will award two $1,500 non-renewable scholarships to help pay for tuition at a Catholic High School. The recipients will include one boy and one girl. For consideration applicants must be:
  • Enrolled at Guardian Angels School or in the CCD program at Guardian Angels Parish
  • Have participated in at least one athletic program sponsored by GA Boosters within the last two years
  • Registered at a Catholic high school for the 2019-2020 school year
You can find more information and an application form here .
Parish News
Fish Fry Fridays Begin March 8th
Guardian Angels hosts a fish fry dinner every Friday during Lent in the undercroft from 5:00-7:30. There is no Fish Fry on Good Friday. Everyone is welcome!

There is plenty of food for families to eat-in or carry out. Fried and baked fish, shrimp, cheese pizza, mac-n-cheese, french fries,cole slaw, and baked goods.  Senior dining available for parishioners in Room B. There is also a craft corner for children. Children must be attended by an adult at all times.

Many volunteers are needed to help work the Fish Fry event s. If you are interested, please email Marianne Glassmeyer .

PTA is in charge of running the Bake Sale Table  at each Fish Fry. They are looking for people who will make/donate baked goods for the table. They also need volunteers to work the bake sales. You can sign-up to do either here . If you have any questions, contact Margaret Dunn .
40 Days for Life
Over the past years Guardian Angels parish has volunteered to cover two of the 40 Days for Life event where we have someone continually praying from 7:00am to 7:00pm at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility. Many of our working parishioners try to cover our early and late hours and those available during the day fill the hours in between.
 
Please consider joining us as many of our “regulars” can no longer participate mainly for health reasons. Sign up at  40daysforlife.com/cincinnati  or on the bulletin boards in the gathering space.  The GA dates are Wednesday, March 6th and Wednesday, April 10th . Questions? Problems signing up? Contact  Luann Rowekamp A flyer for the campaign is attached  
Lenten Soup and Speaker Series
The Lenten Soup and Speaker Series will be held on Tuesdays, March 12, 19, and 26 . Topics will be on Reflections of St. Joseph, Love in Suffering: Lessons from St Therese, and Faces of Passion. Supper begins at 6:00 pm and the presentation begins at 7:00 pm. A flyer is attached .
Guardian Angels Follies: Hooray for Folliewood
GA Follies presents  Hooray for Folliewood   April 26, 27, 28, May 3, and 4  . This will be the group's 56th production! More information about the upcoming show and tickets sales will be available soon.

Guardian Angels Follies is a Parish Service Organization that has been dedicated to raising funds for the Guardian Angels Church and School for 56 years. Funds raised have helped bring to life projects such as the Science Lab, Parish Center, student scholarship fund, steeple lighting and many more. If you would like to read more about becoming a patron/donor for the event, click here . A ticket order form can be found here . Donations can be also made and tickets can also be purchased through the Follies website .
AngelsFest is June 7-9
Our annual parish festival will be held June 7, 8, and 9 . AngelsFest is the parish's largest fundraising event of the year! You will find plenty of great food and drinks, rides, and games for adults and children of all ages. We will also have live entertainment all weekend long!
Festival Schedule:
Friday: 7:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Vintage Gear
Saturday: 6:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Marshall Street Project 
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
   Live Entertainment: The Sly Band
We will also have a golf ball drop from the football field on Sunday.

More information about volunteer opportunities and donation needs will be communicated in the coming months.
Bid-N-Buy Needs Your Help
Guardian Angels is so lucky to have the support of great parishioners like you! Please consider donating to AngelsFest Bid-N-Buy.  You can send your donations to the rectory, school office, or the Religious Education office.
Some Basket Bonanza ideas we are working on include:
  • We Hope You Win a LOTTO! (lottery tickets)
  • We’ve Got Spirit,How ‘Bout You? (high school or college accessories, apparel, sporting event tickets, etc)
  • In My SPARE Time (bowling)
  • You’ve Got a PIZZA My Heart (pizza restaurant gift cards, at home pizza making items.)
We will also happily accept any ready-made baskets and gift cards.

We've also created an Amazon Wish List with some of the items we'd like to place in themed baskets. You can  view that list here . If you purchase from the Amazon list, you can choose to have the items sent directly to the rectory. Please include your name in the note section so we know who donated the item and can send you a receipt for the gift.

If you would like to join the planning committee or have any questions, contact Kay Froehlich . We could use additional help picking up donated items from area businesses. Thank you for your support!
Family Mission Trip - June 13-16
Guardian Angels Parish is gearing up for its 5th annual Family Mission Trip to Frenchburg, KY on June 13-16. This family-friendly mission trip will include service projects for all ages and skill levels. Projects may include construction, landscaping, painting, crafting, food preparation, and visiting the sick or elderly. See the Family Mission Trip Flyer for more information.

Registration deadline is May 1. You can register here.

Questions? Please email Anne Jones.
Roar Into Vacation Bible School
Life is wild for kids – full of ups and downs and twists and turns. At ROAR VBS, kids will deepen their friendship with a mighty, loving and good God who empowers them to boldly face life’s challenges.
 
Bible Camp runs from Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th , 9:00am until 12:00pm each day.
 
Children ages 5-8, (incoming kindergarten through incoming 3rd grade) are welcome to attend.
 
The cost for GA Bible Camp is $45 per camper. Included in this fee is a GA bible camp t-shirt, snacks and crafts! We will have music, story time and games all week long.
 
The Registration Form and Archdiocese Release Form may be found on the Religious Education page of the parish website . A separate registration form and release form must be completed for each child.
Camp GAudeo
Registration is now open for Camp GAudeo, a summer ministry for students currently in grades 5-8. Camp will be held June 24-28 at Guardian Angels, and includes a ton of fun activities for the youth of our parish. This year’s camp will include roller skating, field day activities, Coney Island, service projects, and a trip to Run Jump-N-Play. The Camp GAudeo page on the parish website hosts registration, additional event information, and applications for potential high school and adult volunteers. Contact Youth Ministry at youth@gaparish.org with additional questions.
Upcoming School Masses
Students will participate in an All School Mass for Ash Wednesday on March 6th at 9:00am.

For a calendar of upcoming Mass times, log into your parent portal in  Rediker . Click on the Calendar, the box with the arrow, found on the right side of your home page. School Masses are shown in the light blue color. Or you can make a selection in the filter drop down, to the right above the calendar dates, to just show School Masses.
 
Parents and other family members are invited to attend any Mass your child will be attending. You are also welcome to bring any younger siblings with you.  
Reminders
Box Tops Collections
The Guardian Angels PTA is collecting Box Tops from various consumer products. GA students can submit Box Tops to their homeroom teachers and all parishioners can drop off Box Tops in the special collection envelope located on the bulletin board in the Church Gathering Space. The Box Tops are picked up at the following dates:  March 22 and May 19.
We use the funds earned to purchase indoor recess games and outdoor recess equipment. Please start collecting Box Tops today and help us make this year even more successful! 
Cookie Ministry
Guardian Angels School Cookie Ministry teams up with the Parish Parish Peanut Butter group to feed families in need. The Peanut Butter group makes 1,500 peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. GA students donate cookies. St. Francis Seraph Church in Over-the-Rhine gives the food to families in need. Students are asked to bring in two dozen cookies, brownies, or rice krispie bars on their classroom's designated day. They do need to be bagged, two treats per bag. All 4th grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, March 4th. A   complete schedule for the school year is attached.   .
School Calendar
Looking for more information about upcoming events at GA? You can find a calendar in your Rediker Parent Portal. Log into your account, then click on the Calendar on the blue navigation bar. The calendar shows school events, parish events, and much more. Just a reminder, events posted on the school website, www.gaschool.org , only include those open to the public or new families who may not have activated a Rediker account yet. All other event information is posted in Rediker, which is password protected.  
Amazon Shopping to Support GA
You can now support Guardian Angels Parish when you shop at Amazon.com! GA is a newly registered participant in the AmazonSmile Program. You can  sign-up  to have a portion of your purchase sales come back to Guardian Angels. When you make purchases through the AmazonSmile page, and have GA selected as your beneficiary, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products back to GA.  You have to be shopping from smile.amazon.com page of the site for us to receive the benefit.
Kroger Community Rewards
Have you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards and designated GA as your beneficiary? The more families who register, the more money our school receives through the program. Kroger Community Rewards offers a great way for you to support our school's technology fund...and you don't have to spend a penny. Register your rewards card  online  and select Guardian Angels as your beneficiary. You can search for GA or use our NPO number, 80200. The amount Guardian Angels receives depends on the points our supporters rack up while grocery shopping. Enrolling does NOT impact the points you use to redeem for discounts at the pump.c
Helpful Links
Stay Connected
Stay up-to-date with all things GA by following us on social media. Guardian Angels uses our Facebook page to keep families informed about upcoming events, news, and other information regarding our school and parish.  If you want to make sure you see information posted through the Guardian Angels page, please make sure you go to our page , click Following (just under the cover photo), and then choose See First. This way anything we share will still be seen in your newsfeed.
You can also follow us through our Twitter page .
Guardian Angels School
513.624.3141
6539 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230